UniCredit has made a number of senior appointments in its international network, adding new structures, operations and positions to improve its offering.

The bank has appointed Michele Amadei, former head of corporate and investment banking (CIB) at Bulgaria’s UniCredit Bulbank, as the new head of UniCredit CIB activities in Asia, where the group currently has nine branches and representative offices. He succeeds Andreas Wagner, who is now responsible for the international corporates business from and to Germany.

UniCredit also opened a branch in Madrid in February, headed by Pedro de Santaella, to serve companies operating in Spain and Portugal.

In its New York branch, UniCredit has added new desks focusing on debt capital markets, financial institutions and Latin America. The increased focus on Latin America is also evident in the appointment of Flavio Bertolossi, formerly head of Sace’s Brazil office, as co-head of the group’s representative office in São Paulo.

In UniCredit’s London branch, David Vials has been appointed head of corporate coverage UK, with responsibility for managing corporate client relationships in the UK, effective May 1, 2016. He was previously responsible for UniCredit’s financial sponsor solutions international team in London.

UniCredit’s international network is headed by Gianfranco Bisagni and part of UniCredit’s CIB division, led by deputy general manager Gianni Franco Papa.

“These developments confirm the strategy to further reinforce our international network, which is already one of the largest among European players. We are already present in 21 cities and 19 countries on four continents with 400 professionals,” says Papa. “Through our international network, we are currently serving about 10,000 corporate customers, by supporting their funding needs with over €5bn in loans, offering access to international capital markets and assisting their international operations and growth. We plan to continue investing and after the opening in Spain we are evaluating the potential to open additional international branches.”

UniCredit now has international branches and representative offices in Abu Dhabi, Athens, Guangzhou, Hanoi, Hong Kong, Johannesburg, London, Madrid, Mumbai, New York, Paris, Beijing, Podgorica, São Paulo, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Skopje, Tokyo, Tripoli and Zurich.